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Autumn 2018 Program Highlights


OUR MISS BROOKS (11-14-48) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, English teacher at Madison High School, with Gale Gordon as Mr. Conklin, Jeff Chandler as Mr. Boynton, Richard Crenna as Walter Denton, Gloria McMillan, Jane Morgan. Miss Brooks finds herself pressed into service as a baby-sitter. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (30 min)
BOLD VENTURE (1950s) Starring Humphrey Bogart as Slate Shannon and Lauren Bacall as Sailor Duval, with Jester Hairston as King Moses. A man hires Slate’s boat for a fishing trip, but when he dies on the trip, Slate and Sailor are accused of murder. Syndicated. (27 min)
SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (1-6-50) “Magic Town” starring James Stewart in a radio adaptation of his 1947 film, about a pollster who discovers a town that has been correct in predicting the winner of every election for the last fifty years. Cast includes Virginia Gregg, Hans Conried. Jimmy Wallington announces. RCA Victor, NBC. (30 min)
THE FBI IN PEACE AND WAR (8-7-52) “The Fence” featuring Martin Blaine, Don Briggs, Harold Huber, Serena Brauer, Grant Richards. A robber strikes an alliance with a notorious fence, unaware that he plans a double-cross. Andre Baruch announces. Lucky Strike, CBS. (27 min)
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (9-16-43) Bing Crosby stars, with Ukie Sherin, the Charioteers, the Music Maids and Hal, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra and guests Jinx Falkenberg and Alan Reed as Falstaff Openshaw, who collaborates with Ukie on a musical mystery show. Kraft, NBC. (30 min)
WORLD NEWS TODAY (9-19-43) With Douglas Edwards, Charles Collingwood, Webley Edwards, Winston Burdette, Maj. George Fielding Eliot. “German troops are evacuating the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, while the fighting on the Italian mainland continues to go well for the American Fifth Army.” Admiral Radios, CBS. (24 min)


FUNNY SIDE UP (January 1960) Dick Van Dyke hosts this comedy-panel show, with Kenny Delmar, Parker Fennelley, Pat Carroll. The panel discusses news items sent in by listeners. AFRTS rebroadcast. (17 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (3-3-17) Part one of Steve Darnall’s conversation with writer Bill Persky, who talks about his career writing for radio, television and movies. Recorded by Kathy Dunaj at Sound Video Impressions in Des Plaines, IL. (33 min)
GINNY SIMMS SHOW (1-11-46) Broadcast from New York, with Frank DeVol and the Orchestra, announcer Kenny Delmar and guest Gene Kelly, who joins Ginny for a musical sketch parodying “Wuthering Heights.” Ginny sings “I Surrender, Dear.” Borden, CBS. (30 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (3-3-17) Part two of Steve Darnall’s conversation with writer Bill Persky. (40 min)
THE THIRD MAN (6-13-52) “Blackmail is a Nasty Word” starring Orson Welles as Harry Lime, the character he played in the 1950 film The Third Man. When Harry is blackmailed into helping a young woman obtain a passport for her father, he resorts to blackmail himself to get the job done. Syndicated. (28 min)
DRENE TIME (3-2-47) Starring Don Ameche, Frances Langford and Danny Thomas, who sings about his new invention, “Thomas Cola.” Ameche and Langford play John and Blanche Bickerson. Toby Reed announces. Drene Shampoo, NBC. (30 min)


WORDS AT WAR (9-23-43) “They Shall Not Have Me” is the story of a group of Frenchmen in a Nazi concentration camp and how they dream of escape. Cast: Les Damon, Mady Christians, Virginia Ralph, John Barry, Peter Capell, Lon Clark, Joe DeSantis, Tom Hoyer, Norman Lloyd, Herbert Ratner, Maurice Tarplin. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
BOB HOPE SHOW (9-28-43) Broadcasting from the Naval Air Station, Terminal Island, California, with Frances Langford, Jerry Colonna, Vera Vague, announcer Wendell Niles, Stan Kenton and the Orchestra and guest Orson Welles, who plays a mystic in a sketch. Pepsodent, NBC. (30 min)
TREASURY STAR PARADE #273 (9-30-43) An all-star salute to the Third War Loan, featuring Dick Powell, Ginny Simms, Thomas Mitchell, Olivia deHavilland, Brian Aherne, Grace McDonald and the orchestras of Kay Kyser and Victor Young. U.S. Treasury Department. (14 min)
DIMES FOR INVASION (10-2-43) A special program honoring America’s newspaper boys, for their efforts in selling War stamps, featuring Morton Downey, Associated Press war correspondent George Tucker, the Paulist Boys Choir, announcer Larry Elliott. U.S. Treasury Department. (14 min)
WORLD NEWS TODAY (10-3-43) Douglas Edwards and CBS correspondents from around the world. “Allied Fifth Army troops on the Italian mainland have captured Bienvenuto, northeast of Naples, while the British Eighth Army, striking swiftly up on the Adriatic side, has locked off a wide area.” Admiral Radios, CBS. (24 min)
THE WHISTLER (10-3-43) “Mirage” with Bill Forman as The Whistler. A nightclub owner is jilted by an ambitious young attorney, but she fears her plan for revenge has failed. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (10-5-43) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Arthur Q. Bryan, Ransom Sherman, Shirley Mitchell, announcer Harlow Wilcox, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. The McGees are cleaning their spare room to house a war worker. Gale Gordon, serving in the Coast Guard, makes a guest appearance as Mayor LaTrivia. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)


For this milestone broadcast, we’ll be joined by Those Were the Days founder and long-time host Chuck Schaden, as we present an afternoon of highlights from past TWTD broadcasts, featuring re-creations of classic broadcasts from radio’s Golden Age. You’ll hear a mixture of actors from the Golden Age of Radio and some present-day performers, including longtime TWTD announcer Ken Alexander, members of the Those Were the Days Radio Players, actors from Ma Perkins and The Lone Ranger and many others. It’ll be an afternoon of great memories and great performances from our first 2,500 shows, so don’t miss it!


JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-10-43) Broadcasting from New York, with Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Dennis Day, Don Wilson, Minerva Pious, John Brown. It’s the first show of the new season and Jack is returning from a three-month overseas camp tour. Grape-Nuts, NBC. (29 min)
SUSPENSE (2-16-50) “Murder Strikes Three Times” starring Marlene Dietrich, with Hans Conried, Joseph Kearns, Elliott Reid. When a woman’s first husband dies, the assistant district attorney suspects her of murder. Harlow Wilcox announces. Auto-Lite, CBS. (29 min) Read the article about Marlene Dietrich in the Autumn 2018 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
VIC AND SADE (8-3-42) Uncle Fletcher stops by the house to show off his washrag collection. With Bill Idelson as Rush and Clarence Hartzell as Uncle Fletcher. NBC. (9 min)
CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (10-11-43) “Bob Hope Presents” features the famous comedian, who shares memories of the overseas tour that took him and his troupe to England, Africa, Italy and Ireland. Cast includes Bill Johnstone, Wally Maher. DuPont, NBC. (30 min)
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (10-12-43) Marian and Jim Jordan star as the McGees, with Arthur Q. Bryan, Shirley Mitchell, Ransom Sherman, Virginia Gordon, announcer Harlow Wilcox, the King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra. McGee offers to help a friend whose daughter wants a commission in the Women’s Army Corps. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
THEATRE FIVE (6-1-65) “Mama’s Girl” starring Elaine May, with William Griffiths, Claudia Morgan. When a woman returns home from a trip, she confides in her mother that her husband’s attitude seems to have changed. Fred Foy announces. Syndicated, ABC. (21 min)


THEY CALL ME JOE (1943) Frank Lovejoy stars as Joe Kralic in a broadcast from “a series about GI Joe and the generations behind him... about the men and woman who came from many lands to make in America a free way of life.” AFRS rebroadcast. (29 min)
HENRY MORGAN SHOW (3-28-50) From New York, with Arnold Stang, Pert Kelton, Art Carney, the Billy Williams Quartet, announcer Ed Herlihy, Milton Katims and the Orchestra. Morgan talks about the proper way introduce people and interviews baseball player “Lefty” Carney. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (1-30-18) Steve Darnall’s conversation with actress Joyce Randolph, speaking by telephone from her home in New York City about her career on television and the stage. (36 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Autumn 2018 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
JACKIE GLEASON-LES TREMAYNE SHOW (8-20-44) A comedy-variety show, with Patsy Garrett, Andy Russell, Sylvan Levin and the Orchestra. The boys discuss the recent heat wave and offer a salute to California. Andy sings “What a Difference a Day Makes” and “Amor.” AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
GUNSMOKE (4-10-54) “Greater Love” starring William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, with Parley Baer as Chester, Howard McNear as Doc, Georgia Ellis as Kitty. Doc is kidnapped in order to treat a man who was wounded during a stagecoach robbery. Cast: John Dehner, Joyce McCluskey, Frank Gerstle, Ralph Moody. Sustaining, CBS. (25 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (10-17-43) From New York, with Mary Livingstone, Dennis Day, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Don Wilson, Jackson Beck, John Brown, Minerva Pious. Jack is interviewed about his overseas tour for the troops and recalls his adventures in Casablanca. Grape-Nuts, NBC. (29 min)


INNER SANCTUM (6-22-52) “Birdsong for a Murderer” starring Boris Karloff. A former attendant at a mental institution is murdered. A caged canary is found at the scene of the crime. AFRS rebroadcast. (22 min)
THE SHADOW (3-10-40) “The Laughing Corpse” starring Bill Johnstone as Lamont Cranston and Marjorie Anderson as the lovely Margot Lane. Margot and Lamont visit an apartment, where they hear strange laughter... and find a dead body. The Shadow investigates. MBS. (24 min)
WEIRD CIRCLE (9-17-44) “Ghost’s Touch,” a radio adaptation of the story by Wilkie Collins. After a scientist invents a formula that he claims will render the body impervious to pain, his wife has a strange encounter with her deceased husband. Syndicated. (27 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (10-31-43) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Lurene Tuttle as Marjorie, Shirley Mitchell as Leila Ransom, Earle Ross as Judge Hooker, Dick LeGrand as Peavey, Bea Benaderet as Eve Goodwin. Gildy throws a Hallowe’en party and invites Eve, much to Leila’s chagrin. Kraft, NBC. (29 min)
SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (11-18-49) “The Uninvited” starring Ray Milland in a radio version of his 1944 film, directed by Lewis Allen. A brother and sister purchase an old house and soon discover they are not alone. With Alma Laughton, Norman Field, Mary Shipp, John Dehner, Georgia Backus, June Foray. Jimmy Wallington announces. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
MYSTERY HOUSE (1944) “Thirsty Death” is an audition program for the series, starring Bela Lugosi and John Carradine, with Lurene Tuttle. A man who suspects his wife has been unfaithful prepares a fiendish form of revenge. (29 min) Read the article about John Carradine in the Autumn 2018 issue of Nostalgia Digest.

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ALDRICH FAMILY (10-28-48) Ezra Stone stars as Henry Aldrich, with Jackie Kelk as Homer Brown, House Jamison and Katharine Raht as Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich. Henry tries to avoid getting an after-school detention period from his manual training teacher. Dan Seymour announces. Jell-O, NBC. (29 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (11-1-43) “So Proudly We Hail” starring Claudette Colbert, Paulette Goddard, Veronica Lake and Sonny Tufts. A salute to the courage of American combat nurses serving in the Philippines during World War II. Cecil B. DeMille hosts, with Regina Wallace, Howard McNear, Ed Emerson, Charles Seel, Catherine Craig, Dorothy Scott, Marjorie Davies. Lux Soap, CBS. (26 min & 15 min & 18 min)
OLSEN AND JOHNSON SHOW (1936) It’s the two zany comics in their own show, with Jimmie Grier and the Orchestra and singer Gertrude Niesen, who sings “Twilight in Turkey.” Richfield Oil Co., NBC. (29 min) Read the article about Olsen and Johnson in the Autumn 2018 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
YOUR DAYTIME RADIO NEWSPAPER (11-3-43) A look at the news of the day, broadcast from Chicago and hosted by Durward Kirby and Bernardine Flynn. Kirby presents news of the War, including news of the Allies in Rome; Flynn offers human interest stories. Crisco, CBS. (15 min)
BOB HOPE SHOW (11-9-43) Broadcasting from the Flexible Gunnery School in Las Vegas, with Frances Langford, Jerry Colonna, Vera Vague and guest Jane Wyman, who sings “The Fuddy Duddy Watchmaker” and joins Bob for a sketch about two couples who plan to divorce in Reno. Announcer is Wendell Niles. Pepsodent, NBC. (30 min)


DICK JURGENS AND HIS ORCHESTRA (10-31-69) It’s a “Friday night Hallowe’en dance party” from the Hub Ballroom, located twenty minutes from downtown Peoria, with vocals by Buddy Moreno. Songs include “Josephine,” “Begin the Beguine,” “Walkin’ My Baby Back Home” and others. Sustaining, WMBD/Peoria. (29 min)
LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE (1936) Shirley Bell stars as Annie, with Allan Baruck as Joe Corntassel. Annie and Joe return home to Simmons Corners and meet Mr. Flint, who is selling stock in a new bridge. Pierre Andre announces. Ovaltine, MBS. (14 min)
BREAKFAST WITH THE JOHNSONS (6-17-51) Cliff Johnson and his family, broadcasting from Galena, where they are visiting the home of former president Ulysses S. Grant. Broadcast Corned Beef Hash, WBBM. (15 min)
CURTAIN TIME (2-28-48) “Readin’, Writin’ and Romance” starring Harry Elders and Nanette Sargent in a romantic comedy broadcast from Chicago, about a young schoolteacher whose life is turned upside down when she allows a director to film a movie in her old Pennsylvania farm house. Myron (Mike) Wallace announces. Mars Candy, NBC. (30 min)
MAN ON THE FARM (8-16-47) An audience participation show for farmers and their families, “from the Quaker Oats Experimental Farm” near Libertyville, with host Chuck Acree and music from Porter Heaps and Reggie Cross. Quaker Oats, Syndicated. (29 min)
DESTINATION FREEDOM (11-6-49) “The Man Who Owned Chicago” is the story of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, the man who is credited as the first permanent resident of what became Chicago. With Oscar Brown Jr. as DuSable, Fred Pinkard, Dean Olmquist, Wesland Tilden, Russ Reed, Tony Parrish. Sustaining, NBC/WMAQ. (30 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (6-25-39) Broadcasting from the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, with Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Don Wilson, Andy Devine. It’s the last show of the season and Jack is looking forward to the premiere of his new film, Man About Town. Jell-O, NBC. (30 min) Read the article about Jack Benny and other stars born in Illinois in the Autumn 2018 issue of Nostalgia Digest.


JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-21-43) With Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Dennis Day, Don Wilson, John Brown, Frank Nelson. Jack and Mary go shopping in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner at Jack’s house. Grape-Nuts, NBC. (30 min)
QUIZ KIDS (11-21-48) Broadcast from Chicago, it’s the Sunday before Thanksgiving and chief Quizzer Joe Kelly asks the kids to write a Thanksgiving poem before the end of the program. With Quiz Kids Lonne Lunde, Joel Kupperman, Ruthie Duskin, Richard Wexler and Brant Ross. Alka-Seltzer, NBC. (30 min)
PHILCO RADIO TIME (11-26-47) Bing Crosby stars on this Thanksgiving Day broadcast, with John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra, the Rhythmaires, announcer Ken Carpenter and guest Frankie Laine, who sings “That’s My Desire.” Bing tells the story of “The Man Without a Country.” Philco, ABC. (30 min)
CASEY, CRIME PHOTOGRAPHER (11-27-47) “After Turkey, The Bill,” starring Staats Cotsworth as Casey, with Jan Miner as Anne Williams and John Gibson as Ethelbert. On Thanksgiving, a young ex-con is accused of holding up a gas station. Anchor Hocking Glass, CBS. (30 min)
SOLDIERS IN GREASEPAINT (11-25-43) A Thanksgiving morning show, hosted by Jack Benny and Bob Hope, with Al Jolson, Frederic March, Brigadier General Joseph Byron, Jascha Heifetz, Martha Raye, Kay Francis, Carole Landis, Judith Anderson, Jackie Heller, Merle Oberon, Jerry Colonna, Rear Adm. Louis E. Danfield, Andy Devine, Jimmy Burke, Jinx Falkenberg, Faye MacKenzie, Anna Lee, John Garfield and Frances Langford, who sings “White Christmas.” Larry Keating announces. NBC. (25 min and 19 min)


ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (12-19-48) Starring Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard, with John Brown as Thorny, Janet Waldo as Emmy Lou, Mary Jane Croft as Harriet’s mother. The Nelsons decide to avoid extravagant Christmas gifts and agree on a practical one. International Silver, NBC. (30 min) Read the article about The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in the Autumn 2018 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
GUEST STAR (12-16-51) “Stand-In for Santa,” starring MacDonald Carey, with host John Conte, narrator Rod O’Connor, Harry Sosnick and the Orchestra. On Christmas Eve, a reporter is assigned to visit the tenement district. U.S. Treasury Department, Syndicated. (15 min)
COMMAND PERFORMANCE (12-24-43) An all-star celebration for the troops, with master of ceremonies Bob Hope, Kay Kyser, Jimmy Durante, Army Chief of Staff George Marshall, Frances Langford, Ed “Archie” Gardner, Nelson Eddy, Spike Jones and His City Slickers, Ginny Simms, Ish Kabibble, Dinah Shore, Jack Benny and Fred Allen, who tell the true story about their radio “feud.” AFRS. (29 min & 29 min & 31 min)
THIS IS YOUR FBI (12-19-52) “Snow Screen,” with Stacy Harris as Special Agent Jim Taylor. At Christmas time, the FBI pursues a suspected bank robber through the frozen North. Cast: Georgia Ellis, Parley Baer, Sam Edwards, James McCallion, Roland Winters, Walter Catlett, Carleton Young. William Woodson narrates. Announcer is Larry Keating. Equitable Life Assurance Society, ABC. (30 min)


PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (12-11-49) With Elliott Lewis, Walter Tetley, Jeanine Roos, Anne Whitfield, Joseph Kearns. Phil and Frankie plan to buy Alice a mink for Christmas until Frankie discovers a wish list. Alice sings “Be Goody, Good, Good to Me.” Rexall, NBC. (30 min)
TOM POWERS’ LIFE STORIES (12-19-35) From New York, the monologist stars in a one-person scene, “The Snow Looks Awful Pretty,” the story of an unemployed man and his wish for the Christmas season. Howard Claney announces. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (15 min)
EDWARD R. MURROW (12-3-43) Broadcasting from London, the celebrated reporter describes in detail his experience flying with an RAF bomber crew over Berlin. This is the famous “Orchestrated Hell” broadcast. CBS. (18 min)
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-7-43) Starring Jim and Marian Jordan, with Arthur Q. Bryan, Gale Gordon, Shirley Mitchell, Ransom Sherman, Virginia Gordon, the King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra, announcer Harlow Wilcox. Two years after Pearl Harbor, Fibber is reminded that the war is not almost over! Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
HAROLD PEARY SHOW (12-20-50) Harold Peary stars as Honest Harold Hemp, radio homemaker, with Olan Soule, Joseph Kearns, Parley Baer. Christmas is just around the corner and Harold’s Reindeer Club is planning a party for the children of Melrose Springs. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
HALLMARK HALL OF FAME (12-20-53) “A Christmas Carol” starring Lionel Barrymore in his nineteenth and final performance as Ebeneezer Scrooge. It’s Charles Dickens’ classic story about a miser who learns the meaning of Christmas. Frank Goss announces. Hallmark Cards, CBS. (29 min)


BROADWAY IS MY BEAT (12-24-49) Larry Thor stars as Detective Danny Clover, with Charles Calvert as Sgt. Gino Tartaglia. Christmas Eve complications arise after an ex-con arrives to play Santa at the Police Athletic League’s party for the neighborhood children. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
CHRISTMAS SEAL CAMPAIGN (1948) Starring Eddie Cantor, who takes his grandchildren to see Santa Claus, only to discover that Santa Claus has quit! With Harry von Zell as Santa. Christmas Seals, Syndicated. (15 min)
SUSPENSE (12-23-43) “Back For Christmas” starring Peter Lorre in a radio version of the story by John Collier. An eccentric botany professor begins digging a “Devil’s Garden” in his cellar, just as he and his wife are preparing for a trip to America. Roma Wines, CBS. (30 min)
CHRISTMAS PACKAGE (12-25-43) Linda Darnell hosts this special Christmas show for the Armed Forces, with performances from the Andrews Sisters, Ginny Simms, Bob Hope, Lena Horne and Fibber McGee and Molly. AFRS. (30 min)
COLUMBIA WORKSHOP (12-22-38) “Bread on the Water” starring Charles Powers, James Donnelly, Ann Shepard, Frank Lovejoy, John McGovern, Santos Ortega. A story about two street urchins on Christmas Eve and the people they encounter by the waterfront. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (12-23-49) “Miracle on 34th Street” starring Edmund Gwenn in a radio adaptation of his 1947 film, about a department store Santa Claus who goes on trial to prove he’s the real thing. Narrated by Willard Waterman, with a guest appearance by the film’s director, George Seaton. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)


KRAFT MUSIC HALL (12-16-43) Bing Crosby stars, with Ukie Sherin, Trudi Erwin, The Music Maids and Lee, the Charioteers, announcer Ken Carpenter, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra and guests Joan Davis and Phil Silvers. Bing sings “Pistol Packin’ Mama” and “White Christmas.” Kraft, NBC. (29 min)
BOSTON BLACKIE (1940s) Dick Kollmar is Blackie, with Maurice Tarplin as Inspector Faraday. Blackie witnesses a robbery and suspects that a street corner Santa Claus may be involved. Champagne Velvet Beer, MBS. (29 min)
THE BIG SHOW (12-23-51) Tallulah Bankhead is mistress of ceremonies, with guests Milton Berle, Robert Merrill, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, Alec Templeton, Margaret Truman, Meredith Willson and the Orchestra. Meredith Willson plays “Jing-a-Ling”; Bankhead and Berle appear in a dramatic sketch, “Christmas Present”; Margaret sings “O Leave Your Sheep”; Alec offers various interpretations of “Jingle Bells.” AFRS rebroadcast. (31 min and 29 min)
WORLD NEWS TODAY (12-19-43) Douglas Edwards hosts, with reports from CBS correspondents from around the world. “American troops have captured San Pietro, one of the strongest points on the German winter line across Italy. Reports from the front describe the battle as one of the bloodiest of the war.” Admiral Radios, CBS. (25 min)
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-21-43) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Shirley Mitchell, Arthur Q. Bryan, Ransom Sherman, The King’s Men, Billy Mills and the Orchestra, announcer Harlow Wilcox. The McGees go shopping for a Christmas tree. Later, Teeny and the King’s Men sing “The Night Before Christmas.” Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)


CORONET LITTLE SHOW (12-19-43) The Coronet Storyteller presents “The Gift of the Magi,” O. Henry’s classic tale about “the true Christmas spirit of love and sacrifice.” A young couple each need money to buy a Christmas gift for the other. Coronet Magazine, MBS. (13 min)
PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (12-24-43) The president reports to the nation on Christmas Eve. “Within the last year — within the last few weeks — history has been made, and it is far better history for the whole human race than any that we’ve known, or even dared to hope for, in these tragic times in which we pass.” ALL NETWORKS. (28 min)
JIMMY DURANTE SHOW (12-24-47) With Peggy Lee, Candy Candido, Arthur Treacher, Roy Bargy and the Orchestra, Tommy Harmon, announcer Howard Petrie and guest Margaret O’Brien, who joins Jimmy on a trip to the North Pole. Peggy sings “The Christmas Song.” Rexall, NBC. (29 min)
KING GEORGE VI (12-25-43) Broadcast via short wave, the king of England delivers his annual Christmas message to the world. CBS. (15 min)
I SUSTAIN THE WINGS (12-25-43) Broadcast from Halloran General Hospital in Staten Island, NY, featuring the Band of the Army Air Forces Training Command, with Pvt. Jerry Gray and Lt. Don Briggs standing in for director Capt. Glenn Miller, who was unable to appear on the show due to illness. Cpl. Paul Dubov offers a Christmas prayer; the band plays a medley of Christmas songs. Army Air Forces Training Command, NBC. (30 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (12-26-43) With Mary, Phil, Rochester, Dennis, Don, Butterfly McQueen. Turning the clock back, it’s Christmas night at Jack’s house and the whole gang shows up for a party. Grape-Nuts, NBC. (30 min)
AN OLD-TIME RADIO CHRISTMAS CAROL (12-22-90) A special presentation written and performed exclusively for Those Were the Days by Ken Alexander. It’s the story of a man who believes in Christmas... but not in old-time radio. Produced by Brian Johnson. (18 min)


RADIO HALL OF FAME (12-26-43) Deems Taylor hosts, with performances from Fred Allen and his cast, Lauritz Melchior, Helen Forrest, Lou Holtz, Raymond Edward Johnson (substituting for Orson Welles) and Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra, who offer a symphonic arrangement of “Auld Lang Syne.” Johnson presents “Toward the Future” by Stephen Vincent Benet; Fred Allen presents “Life Can Be Melchior.” Philco, BLUE. (32 min and 28 min)
FIBBER McGEE AND MOLLY (12-28-43) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Shirley Mitchell, Arthur Q. Bryan, Ransom Sherman, announcer Harlow Wilcox, The King’s Men and Billy Mills and the Orchestra. In anticipation of the new year, Fibber has tied a string around his finger, but he can’t remember what it’s for. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (30 min)
SUSPENSE (12-31-61) “The Old Man” starring Leon Janney in a New Year’s story about an old man who is being forced to retire against his wishes. With Reginald Osborne, Lawson Zerbe, Larry Haines, Ralph Camargo, Rita Lloyd, Ivor Francis, Guy Repp. Sustaining, CBS. (24 min)
GENE AUTRY’S MELODY RANCH (12-30-50) With Pat Buttram, the Cass County Boys, Johnny Bond, the Pinafores, Carl Kotner and the Orchestra, announcer Charlie Lyons. It’s the last show of the year and Gene presents his customary round-up of the top tunes of the previous year, singing “Dear Hearts and Gentle People,” “Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy” and others. Wrigley’s Doublemint Gum, CBS. (29 min)
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (1-2-44) With Mary, Phil, Rochester, Don, Dennis. Jack presents his annual New Year’s Eve play, “The New Tenant,” with Phil as Uncle Sam, Mary as Columbia and Dennis as Hitler and Tojo. Grape-Nuts Flakes, NBC. (29 min)

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